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Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD

Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
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Initial Price: 
$1300
  • 3 LD lens elements 
  • 2 XR (Extra Refractive Index) glasses
  • Up to 4 stops Vibration Compensation
  • 9 aperture blades (rounded diaphragm)
  • Metal mount
Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
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Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD

Overview

Description by Tamron:

Di Digitally Integrated

Optimal image quality on both digital and film SLRs
Di is a Tamron designation that applies to lenses that have been optimised for digital capture using advanced multi-coating techniques and optical designs that assure excellent image quality across the entire picture field. Because of these characteristics, Di lenses provide outstanding performance on cameras with full-frame and APS-C format sensors as well as on 35mm film.

Playing with light, capture a subtle world of beauty. A high-speed standard zoom lens featuring built-in Vibration Compensation.

Realizing both high performance and high image quality, this high-speed standard zoom lens offers 24mm to 70mm coverage together with Tamron's exclusive VC ( Vibration Compensation) system* and a USD ( Ultrasonic Silent Drive) motor for fast and quiet autofocus. Since this is a SP ( Super Performance) series lens, the optical design places the highest priority on image quality with the extensive use of special optics, including three LD ( Low Dispersion) lenses and two XR (Extra Refractive Index) lenses. The result is best-in-class image quality that reduces various types of distortion. In addition, the F/2.8 high speed and the circular diaphragm construction** enable this lens to achieve beautiful out-of-focus effects while the high resolution gives finely detailed images. In a Tamron first, a simple drip-proof structure is also featured. This full-spec standard zoom lens responds fully to the inspiration of the photographer.

Reviews

So, the Tamron manages to closely match such expensive and optically well endowed lenses as the Canon 24-70mm f2.8L USM II, and the Nikkor 24-70mm G ED, both costing around the 2 grand mark in every major western currency:

"The Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD is in the top three best performing high-speed standard zooms currently available. We’ve only looked at the imaging performance, but it’s as impressive optically as the highly regarded Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8G ED. At $1,299 it’s not cheap but it is competitively priced – to improve on the image quality you would have to spend $1,000 for the sublime Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 II USM. Dropping down

Post date: 08/02/2013 - 18:19

Tamron's intention with the SP (Special Performance) line is to play in the league of big boys, like Canon's "L" lenses, but at a lower price point. The experiment has been mostly successful:

"Focus accuracy and repeatability is critical to consistently produce sharp shots. Repeatability (the accuracy of focus on the same subject after repeated focus-acquisition) of this lens is excellent with no outliers over a series of 20 shots. And there is

Post date: 30/10/2012 - 17:55

"Just like the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G, the Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 feels very solid in hands. Although its barrel is made of plastic (versus the all-metal construction of the Nikon 24-70mm) it does not have a cheap or “plasticky” feel to it at all. Keep in mind that plastic does not expand and contract like metal does when temperatures change quickly, which can actually prolong the life and performance of a lens. All new Nikon AF-S primes, even the most expensive ones like the Nikon

Post date: 23/09/2012 - 00:00

This phrase from the review sums it up really well:

"Tamron's lens doesn't have quite the same build-quality as the Big Two, but the USM focusing is fast and quiet, the construction is shower-proof and most importantly the image quality is excellent."

Post date: 06/09/2012 - 18:57

Specifications

Initial Price: 
$1300
Release Date: 
04/2012
DXO Mark Score
Resolution: 
15.0 P-Mpix
Transmission: 
2.8 TStop
Distortion: 
0.30%
Vignetting: 
-1.5 EV
Chr. aberration: 
6.00µm
Specifications
Lens type: 
Zoom
Lens Mount: 
Nikon F mount
Canon EF mount
Canon EFS mount
Sony A mount
AF Motor type: 
USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) motor
Optical characteristics
Focal Length: 
24 - 70mm
Angle of view: 
84.06° - 34.35°
Zoom Ratio: 
2.9x
Max Magnification: 
0.2x
Lens construction: 
17 elements in 12 groups
Diaphragm Blades: 
9 aperture blades circular opening
Maximum Aperture: 
f/2.8
Minimum Aperture: 
f/22.0
Aperture ring: 
No
Internal Focusing: 
Yes
Front lens element rotating: 
No
Minimum Focusing Distance: 
0.38m
Distance Scale: 
Yes
Full-Time manual focus: 
Yes
Auto Focus / Manual Focus switch: 
Yes
Stabilization system : 
Yes
Stabilization system details: 
Up to 4 stops Vibration Compensation
Physical characteristics
Diameter: 
88.0mm
Length: 
108.0mm
Weight: 
825.0 g
Body material: 
Plastic with metal mount
Weather sealing: 
Yes
Weather sealing details: 
Yes
Filter Diameter: 
82mm
Lens Hood included: 
Yes

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